Publishing with the Iowa Law Review

The Iowa Law Review is recognized as an excellent source of legal scholarship. The Iowa Law Review has been cited over 52,000 times on HeinOnline, ranking it among the twenty most-often-cited journals. A study by Washington & Lee University also ranks the Iowa Law Review as the ninth most popular journal for overall citations and the third most popular journal for case citations over the past seven years. The Law Review is committed to maintaining our historical reputation and continuing our recent success by selecting quality legal scholarship. We invite you to join in our success by submitting your article for publication.

Submissions Overview

The Iowa Law Review does not have a maximum word count or page limit, although the length of the manuscript may be a factor we consider in the selection process. We are happy to review full-length articles as well as slightly shorter essays. Typically, essays are shorter than 15,000 words and address newer issues in the law or depart from conventional law review article structure. The Law Review typically does not publish book reviews or review submissions by students other than our student writers.

We invite submission of unsolicited manuscripts through Scholastica. We do not accept submissions by email. If you submit your article through Scholastica, we also encourage you to use Scholastica to update us regarding pending offers and expedite requests.


Please observe the following requirements for your submission:

  • Manuscripts must conform to:
  • Manuscripts should be submitted in Microsoft Word format.

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Publishing with the ILR Online 

The Iowa Law Review Online (“ILR Online”) is the companion to the Iowa Law Review. The ILR Online has the same technical requirements as the Iowa Law Review, however, submissions are made via email. ILR Online pieces are published on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. The ILR Online typically publishes three types of pieces: (1) direct responses to an article, essay, or note published in our Print Edition; (2) pieces that build upon an article, essay, or note published in our Print Edition; and (3) pieces addressing an Iowa-specific issue. Most ILR Online pieces fall within the range of 4,000 to 8,000 words, but you are welcome to submit pieces longer or shorter than that. If you are interested in submitting a piece to the ILR Online, please email Senior Online Editor Emily (Mertz) O'Brien at